The Estancia Valley of Torrance County New Mexico is known for it’s Pinto Beans. Now I have never really been a fan of Pinto Beans until I picked up a bag at the local feed and hardware store. Oh my gosh, so much better than what you buy at the grocery store. I don’t know if it’s that they are fresher, but my guess is as with wine grapes, it’s all about the soil and the water. If you can pick up some local beans via a farmer’s market or produce stand, do it. The best way to cook them is in a slow cooker. Sort, soak, slow cook. The only thing I add is water and a bay leaf.
New Mexican Gazpacho
I am a salsaholic. If I had to choose my last meal, salsa and chips would be included. But then there is the guilt. Those chips are so fattening. Well, this cold soup is my guilt free solution. It really is a liquid salad that stays good in the fridge for days. I love it for a quick snack or lunch. There is nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day.